Freight Transport Association says event so popular that there is now a waiting list for places
MORE than 600 delegates have already registered to attend the Freight Transport Association’s ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ industry summit, which has proved so popular that people hoping to attend the event are now being put on a waiting list for places.
The FTA says it has been inundated with bookings for the one-day summit, which is aimed at tackling the chronic shortage of qualified professional drivers, providing a clear indication of how seriously the transport industry is taking the issue and how determined it is to find solutions to the problem.
The free-to-attend summit, which is taking place on Thursday 12 March at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry, will bring together government officials, professional HR advisors and experienced operators to work towards solutions to the current crisis.
Subjects to be covered will include: How big is the problem?; Government perceptions of professional driving; Barriers to putting drivers on the road; What do we need to do and what can we learn from others?; How do we make the industry more attractive?; and How do we keep the drivers we have got?
Arne Knaben, managing director of Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, the headline sponsors of the event, said: ‘That there is a shortage of professional drivers is not in doubt. Although the situation in the UK at the moment is particularly acute, driver shortages have been experienced in other areas of the world, including Scandinavia and the US. It is an industry-wide problem and one that we need to work together to solve.’